Meet Our Team

Terri Vinson

Founder and Cosmetic Chemist

Terri founded Synergie Skin in 2005 after noticing a significant gap in the aesthetics market for highly active cosmeceutical products, free from potentially toxic ingredients. Terri holds a Bachelor of Science, a Diploma of Education in Biology & Senior Science and a post-graduate Diploma of Formulating Chemistry. She is the Managing Director at Synergie Skin and enjoys researching new ingredients and formulating in her Melbourne lab. Terri fills her weekends with diverse activities including nerding out by reading scientific journals, binge-watching Netflix (how good is Breaking Bad?!), oil painting and creating new healthy recipes!

Favourite product: Vitamin B – One of the first products I formulated and it’s still my favourite for addressing skin strength, hydration and fine lines. The one product that I simply couldn’t live without!

Learn more about Terri here

Pooneh Azady

General Manager

Pooneh? is the General Manager of Synergie Skin and previously headed up our finance department. As our finest number cruncher, she has over a decade of experience and holds a master’s degree in Accounting and Financial management. Pooneh is a real movie enthusiast, loves exploring new trendy restaurants and can’t get enough of her puppy. 

Favourite product: MediScrub – Having open pores on my face, I love how MediScrub removes the dead skin and blackheads but does not leave my skin dry.

Bec Stewart

Customer Service

Being in customer service, Bec is the director of first impressions! She prides herself on being organised, approachable and can turn a latte into a work of coffee art. As a qualified massage therapist and aromatherapist, Bec has over a decade’s worth of experience in the beauty industry. In addition, she is a thriving abstract artist. Be sure to send her a warm hello!

Favourite product: ReVeal – A potent AHA/BHA leave on exfoliant, nourishes and improves skins hydration texture and appearance. A great combination with your Pure-C crystals!

Sophie Ashworth

Global Education Manager

Sophie is our education guru at Synergie Skin. Not only is she an amazing educator, she is a qualified nurse, beauty therapist and dermal therapist. Sophie frequently lectures at cosmetic conferences with Terri and enjoys training in workshops across the globe. Having managed several beauty, laser and cosmetic medical practices, Sophie is an accomplished industry professional and skin expert. She is also a mother, plays acoustic guitar and enjoys getting back into nature to recharge.

Favourite product: Ultimate A – I have always had trouble with using Vitamin A serums in the past. My skin just didn’t like the irritation it caused. This is the first Vitamin A product I have been able to use daily whilst receiving all the amazing skin benefits!

Hollie Deckert

National Sales Manager

Hollie comes to us with over fifteen years’ industry experience as a qualified skin therapist. With a huge passion for skincare, Hollie’s strength lies in developing effective sales and marketing strategies. In her spare time, Hollie enjoys spending time with her family, loves to cook and is a fashion enthusiast.

Favourite product: SuperSerum – This is my miracle product! Dramatically relaxing the frown line I was starting to form between my brows, I swear by this serum!

Jess Ford

Business Development Manager (VIC, TAS, SA, WA)

Jess has over fifteen years’ worth of industry experience, five of which she spent managing a medispa in WA. She has also owned her own beauty clinic! Jess loves to travel and has even worked on cruise ships in the Caribbean. She is passionate about training, educating and building businesses in her territories. On the weekend, you will find Jess down by the beach surfing, exercising or spending time with family and friends.

Favourite product: HyDrolock – This beautiful rich cream helps to keep my skin more youthful, hydrated and plump throughout the day/night and combats any dryness that occurs. Also, my Synergie Minerals sits really nice over this moisturiser.

Vanessa Chapman

Business Development Manager NSW

Vanessa resides in Sydney and takes care of our clients in the New South Wales region. With over a decade of extensive beauty, cosmetic and clinic experience, Vanessa has shown great success in improving business, customer and retail sales in a highly competitive market. She has a fun, positive energy and a strong love for pilates.

Favourite product: HydroGel – Amazing matte moisturiser that assists with any breakouts, decreases pore size and maintains my oil flow! Love it!

Keren Nicholaou

Business Development Manager QLD

Keren manages our clients in Queensland. As a qualified beauty therapist, Keren has extensive industry experience having spent the last eight years as a beauty and skincare expert onboard luxury cruise ships. Returning to a ‘land’ life, Keren re-joined the cosmeceutical industry in 2011, and has loved it ever since. She joins the Synergie family after returning to the workforce as a new mum. In her spare time, Keren loves cooking and entertaining for friends and family.

Favourite product: MineralWhip – Gives me a flawless complexion + SPF protection each and every morning. So quick and easy to use!

Amy Dove

PR and Events Coordinator

Amy is your best point of contact for PR & media enquiries. Having originally studied Arts and Psychology, Amy first joined our company for a new experience and has now found her feet as our PR and Events go-to gal. A natural born party host, she loves to connect with people and organise memorable events. Outside of work, she has a love for cooking, cats and costume parties.

Favourite product: ÜberZinc – As Terri likes to say ‘Zinc is your #1 anti-ageing product’!  I can’t live without it. Wearing sun protection everyday has never been easier! It also keeps my acneic skin at bay AND it’s soothing on any redness. HELLO skin health!

Chantelle Nguyen

Marketing Manager

As the head of the marketing department, Chantelle is known to be a skincare and makeup obsessive. After completing a Bachelor of Business (Marketing)/Visual Arts she naturally found herself fully immersed in the world of beauty. Chantelle prides herself on developing creative marketing strategies and collaborative media campaigns. She loves travelling, visiting art galleries and has new-found love for calligraphy.

Favourite product: DermaCalm – I love the texture of it, super lightweight and amazing for relieving redness or irritation.

Zoe Kontogiannis

Operations Manager

Zoe oversees the production facility, procurement, logistics and operations at head office. With over twenty years’ experience in industries including fashion, graphics and construction, Zoe brings an array of managerial skills to the business. Having started with Terri from the beginning, Zoe has seen Synergie grow from strength to strength since 2005. She is also a mother, film enthusiast, and appreciates design in all forms including fashion and architecture.

Favourite product: ReClaim – Love the non-creasing, light, yet very moisturising feel of this product. Perfect for every day as a base to your makeup and even better as a night application.

Sanaz Zahiri

Lab Manager and R&D Chemist

Sanaz is a real whizz in the lab and makes all Terri’s formulas literally come to life! She oversees R&D, QC and manufacturing activities at our Melbourne facility. She holds a Master’s of Science (Inorganic Chemistry), has over fifteen years of industry experience and is a dedicated member of ASCC. Highly amused by the invisible world of molecules, she always knew that chemistry was her destiny.

Favourite product: ImprovEyes Night – The light eye cream works perfectly on my fine lines, puffiness and dark circles around the eye. Loving the results!